Food & Recipes

  • Health Matters: Snacks to Stay on Track

    Snacking is a venerable American pastime, but it can also be a diet-buster this time of year. Here’s a look at five nutrient dense snacks that will have you putting down the chocolate chip cookies.

  • Fiber First

    Most people know that the dietary choices we make play a huge role in heart health. Eating the right foods can dilate your arteries, reduce inflammation, prevent clotting, and promote circulation. What is less well known is the role of fiber in heart health.

    The unsung hero in heart health
    By Steven Masley, MD, FAHA, FAAFP, FACN, CNS
  • No Need for Meat

    A global movement known as Meatless Monday is an initiative to have people cut meat out of their diet one day a week. We decided to start providing our readers with a recipe each month to help those wanting to cut meat altogether or simply shake up their diet every once in a while.

  • The Aztec Multivitamin

    Although it has been around, quite literally, since the dawn of time, it’s only within the last few millennia that some of our more enterprising ancestors decided to try out this blue-green algae as a foodstuff.

    Why spirulina may be the perfect whole food
    By Adam Swenson
  • The Changing Face of Omega-3s

    Fish oil has long been the king of omega-3s, but the field is changing. Omega-3s show up in a wide variety of foods and supplements originating from both plants and animals. They come in three varieties (each of which have their own merits), are an essential part of the membrane of each cell in the body, and help correct or prevent a long list of conditions.

    Why we need them and where to get them
    By Adam Swenson
  • Health Matters: Healthy Snacks

    BooginHead Squeez’Ems are reusable food pouches that help parents give their kids a healthy snack on the go. Try this Squeez’Ems recipe to get your kids hooked.

    Peppermint Patty Green Smoothie

    SERVES 2

    3/4 cup almond milk

    1 cup spinach (about one handful)

    1 frozen banana

  • Bento Box Soup

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    NonWeekly
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    SERVES: 6

    4 ounces soba noodles

    4 cups organic vegetable or chicken broth, homemade or store-bought

    1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil or hot pepper sesame oil

    1 (6 inch) strip of kombu

    3 green tea bags

    1 carrot, peeled and grated

    1/2 cup stemmed and sliced shiitake mushrooms

    4 ounces firm tofu, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

    2 tablespoons tamari

    1/4 cup white miso

    2 scallions, white and green parts, sliced diagonally

    1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

    1 1/2 cups loosely packed baby spinach

    Fill a soup pot halfway with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add a pinch of salt and the soba noodles and decrease the heat to medium. Cook, stirring gently on occasion, until just tender—about five minutes. Drain and rinse well under cold water to remove the starch. Immediately transfer to a bowl, drizzle with 1/4 teaspoon of the sesame oil and toss gently to coat. Put the broth in the same pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Decrease the heat to low, add the kombu and tea bags, and simmer for four minutes. Remove the kombu and tea bags with a slotted spoon. Add the carrot, mushrooms, tofu, tamari, then cover and simmer for five minutes. Put 1/2 cup of the hot broth in a small bowl, add the miso, and stir with a fork until the miso is dissolved. Stir the mixture back into the broth, then stir in the scallions, lemon juice, and remaining sesame oil. Distribute the soba noodles and spinach among six bowls and ladle in the soup. Source: The Longevity Kitchen by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson, image by Leo Gong

  • Food Trends for 2014

    Celebrity chefs, product developers, restaurant consultants, and even grocery store shoppers all agree that 2014 will focus on more high-impact, low-calorie options. Locally sourced meats, seafood, and produce are also a growing trend among shoppers and restaurants alike. Ancient grains like freekeh and chia are becoming buzzworthy and cropping up all over.

  • Pour a Little (More)

    V Day is the holiday for wine. And, besides being romantic, studies in recent years suggest that moderate alcohol drinkers enjoy heart health benefits. According to R. Curtis Ellison, MD, of Boston University, wine drinkers who drink a little almost every day and do not binge drink derive the most benefit. A good serving is one or two five-ounce glasses of wine per day.

  • Health Matters: Why We Love Love

    There’s a lot to like about a holiday devoted to wine, chocolate, strawberries, and romance, but aside from the “feel good” and “taste good” aspects of the holiday, Valentine’s Day can be the healthiest of them all.